At the end of June, a number of Team Rubicon volunteers deployed to Devon and Kent to celebrate Armed Forces Day 2018. We were able to showcase some of the disaster response and disaster preparedness activities undertaken by our volunteers, many of whom are former members of the Armed Forces.
In Plymouth the Region X team deployed to Plymouth Hoe for a spectacular day of entertainment, air displays, parades and activities. The event organisers worked closely with the Royal Air Force, to celebrate and commemorate 100 years of the RAF.
As well as Team Rubicon UK, the Royal Navy, Army, RAF, Royal Marines and other veterans’ organisations and charities were all in attendance. The day was a unique opportunity for people in the South West to show their support for the Armed Forces community, and to understand more about the complex ecosystem which surrounds it.
Rich McSweeney, Regional Coordinator for the South West, on the Plymouth Armed Forces Day: “It was useful, we enhanced some of our regional networks and had several military and first responder personnel looking to join as volunteers.”
At the Medway Armed Forces Day in Kent, this year saw a special focus on the infantry. The Freedom of the Borough was conferred on the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment on Sunday 1st July.
Volunteers from TRUK in the South East exhibited alongside more than 50 display stands showcasing the Armed Forces, including a Royal Engineer trades village, helicopter fly-in and army medical services amongst many others.
Suzie Ford, Volunteer Greyshirt, commented: “It was very worthwhile attending the Medway event. Only a few weeks ago, on Op Homefront, we were helping Chatham residents clear-up following flash floods. It was good to return to the area, make some useful connections with Royal Engineers, speak with a number of potential volunteers and raise awareness of TRUK.”
Councillor Vince Maple, Medway Labour Group Leader, visited the team and brilliantly did a Facebook Live with some of the team. He commented, “It was fantastic to see Team Rubicon at this year’s Armed Forces Day in Medway. It was a brilliant opportunity to say thank you for the great contributions made during the recent flooding in Chatham – the volunteers made a real difference at a time of crisis.”
If you have a background in the Armed Forces and are looking for a way to harness your unique skillset and give back to local communities, volunteer for Team Rubicon and join the TRibe!